Tatum, A. W. (1999). Reading and the African American male: Identity, equity, and power. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 62-64.
Tatum relates that the sounds, meanings, perceptions, and the sensual experience of his first encounters with words seemed to open up a new way of life for him. He narrates that self-examination of his childhood served as his compass to understand how competing passions weighed out over time.
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